GHS9014B: Global Mental Health System Innovation 2019

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Global MINDS is offering the second iteration of our transdisciplinary graduate seminar course, “GHS9014B: Global Mental Health System Innovation” at Western University.

In this community-based experiential course, students will utilize social innovation approaches to accelerate, sustain and/or scale disruptive solutions to complex mental health system challenges in the Kenyan setting. In teams, students will work with Community Initiative Representatives (Fellows from the 2017-18 GMFP; FAMs from 2018-19) to elevate the innovations from the 2017-18 GMFP. Students will engage in our Social Innovation System Cycle, and in tandem, will participated in targeted sessions and assessments aimed at developing system leadership and professional capacity (e.g. pitching, cultural humility, and collective impact). In addition, students will engage in regular mindfulness practice to foster both: an intentional practice of embracing uncertainty, and understanding failure for growth; and compassion and authenticity, including a profound acceptance of, and connection to, the self, team and community. Ultimately students will recognize their potential as a dynamic agent in a diverse global community, while acknowledging, challenging and changing the limitations of their own worldviews.

Instructors: Dr. Arlene MacDougall (Western University), Raksha Sule (Western University), Ruth Ruhara (Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation).

On Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at Western University, we help the Disruptive Solutions Final Pitch Event, where student teams will pitch their final solution for their Kenyan Community Initiative’s complex challenge. If you are interested in attending, please email Raksha Sule, at